If your Japanese dining experience is limited to sushi and soba, this is a great place to broaden your Nippon palate. Dine at the sleek oak sushi bar or at small tables lit by a row of spherical hanging lights. The menu deftly covers appetizers, entrées, sushi and obanzai, Kyoto-style tapas. It’s rotated almost daily and is reported on their quirky blog, hibino-brooklyn.com/blog. The sushi is excellent, but it’s the cooked food that stands out: Chicken teriyaki is skin-on organic fowl with al dente asparagus and okra pods, and the soy pudding dessert is beyond creamy.
333 Henry St
|Cross street:||at Pacific St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu noon–2:30pm, 5:30–10pm; Fri noon–2:30pm, 5:30–10:30pm; Sat 5:30–10:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: M, R to Court St; 2, 3, 4, 5 to Borough Hall|
|Price:||Average main course: $14. Cash only|
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This authentic Japanese food is amazingly well done. There's an extensive sake selection. I grew up eating Japanese food, and it reminds me of home cooking done right--it's delicious, but you've got to have the palette for saba shio and sanma to fully enjoy the grilled fresh fish selection. Often these dishes sell out at lunch, and many Japanese come to enjoy this food (as well as work to cook and serve, which is increasingly rare in this city).